This season we are celebrating our ground-breaking work by bringing back three of our most popular productions from the last decade including The Money Tree - which focuses on imagination and financial literacy, Outside - which encourages safe spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ teens, and Ladies and Gentlemen Boys and Girls - which is about a gender queer young person discovering their gender identity. These three pieces are coming back at a time when concerns about the economy and safety for 2SLGBTQ+ people are hot topics that require multi-generational and constructive dialogue for meaningful progress to happen.
We will be premiering two new digital theatre pieces - Taking Care of Maman and You’re Sad, So I’m Here as part of our Roseneath Live Streams. We will continue to hold talkbacks through video conferences to ensure access to these artists for student audiences anywhere. Our past digital pieces will also be offered to continue to lift and celebrate these important stories from Indigenous, Black, and creators of colour.
Continuing our commitment to supporting other companies with works for family and young audiences, Roseneath is supporting Cahoots Theatre’s world premiere of Sweeter which takes place twenty years after the American Civil War, where a talking mango tree is desperate to bear fruit but lacking in confidence. Along with Theatre Gartantua and b current, Roseneath is supporting the future touring plans of Queen Bess Productions’ The Flight - recently seen at Factory Theatre - which explores the life of aviation pioneer Bessie Colman, who was the first African-American woman and the first Native-American to hold an international pilot’s license.
We welcome the complex conversations that these stories bring forward and we invite young people and the adults who care for and educate them to join us in moving forward together.
Andrew Lamb, Artistic Director
When Shasta’s father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that previously laid plans for her upcoming birthday party must be significantly downsized. As the story progresses, Shasta and Simon meet a mysterious Traveler who gives them a seed that will make a tree grow leaves of money. Through a truly magical journey, the two ultimately learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than a big party or having all the latest toys. In the end, our friends, family and imaginations are truly our greatest assets.
Touring schools November 2023 for Financial Literacy Month
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls follows the story of 9-year-old Fiona who comes out as a boy and wants to be called Fin. Fin has always had this feeling – knowing something is different but not knowing what it was or how to say it. As Fin cuts his hair short and changes his name, his family works to understand and adjust to Fin’s gender identity. Dad is accepting of the change right away, but Mom doesn’t quite get it at first. Always from a place of good intentions, we see Fin’s family struggle with this change and through the course of the play ultimately begin to accept and embrace Fin for who he is.
Touring schools March 2024
Outside is the story of Daniel, a teen who triumphs over homophobic bullying, depression and suicide. At his new school he shares his story at a meeting of the Gay Straight Alliance. Meanwhile, at his old school, struggling to come to terms with what happened, his friends Krystina and Jeremy attempt to start their own GSA. Through flashbacks, we travel through Daniel’s harrowing experience with bullying that began with a taunt and a text message and eventually led to a serious physical assault. Three friends, two high schools, one lunch hour.
Touring schools April 2024
At the beginning of the pandemic, Roseneath Theatre recognised the livelihood of artists were at risk. We were quick to take action and commissioned IBPOC creators to devise theatrical work for a digital platform. These digital productions will be streamed live to classrooms and students' devices in real time, with a Q&A talkback after the show.
Our workshops cover a wide range of topics and are customized for your classroom! Whether you need a specific topic covered to help with your lesson plan, or just some fun games to play and learn with for a couple of hours, Roseneath Theatre will find the right instructor and the right activity for your class.
We are able to offer in-person workshops for the GTA if requested!
French language or ASL workshops are available for select topics!
Buy 3 workshops at a discounted price! Schedule them throughout the school year or use them for different classes. You don’t need to decide what topics right away, you can have these on standby until you need them.
Please know that if cost is a barrier for your class, Roseneath can work out a price point that works within your budget.
For Roseneath’s 41st Season we are planning to remount our productions of FERNANDO AND HIS LLAMA for elementary audiences as well as NO BIG DEAL for middle school and high school audiences. In addition to these remounts we are also planning to premiere RHYMES WITH VINEGAR by Katia Café-Fébrissy with a partner company. From dramaturg/director Mike Payette: “We’re focusing on the fact that here is this wonderful boy who has confidence and play and believes in possibility and friendship, and who suddenly has that compromised in this one moment, but, through his own curiosity, drive, and search-for-justice, he comes out stronger – perhaps teaching/showing the adults his own strength.” Finally, we hope to also premiere the longer one act version of MISCHIEF by Lisa Nasson to tour across Ontario with the plan to take this piece to Mi’kmaq land in Nova Scotia where the play takes place.
Early bird Booking for 2023/24
Book a live performance to come to your school for next season at a $25 discount (offer expires June 30, 2023)
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Early bird Booking for 2024/25
Book a live performance to come to your school for next season at a $50 discount (offer expires April 30, 2024)